NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Each year, more than three-dozen Italian patron saint celebrations grace the Chicago area. Kept alive by paesani from villages and cities across Italy, these events preserve some of the most cherished of our traditions. Festivities range from simple religious services to solemn masses and processions to family festivals that last several days. But...

Local families will get the chance to go on an epic pirate adventure to discover buried treasure with the arrival of Cirque Italia's Water Circus in Fort Gratiot later this month. The Italian entertainment company will provide live shows at the Birchwood Mall, 4350 24th Ave., from May 26 to 30. Tickets range from $10 to $50. To purchase tickets, se...

Memorial Day isn't the only holiday in May. There's a lesser known, but perhaps tastier holiday, a few days before. In honor of National Italian Beef Day May 27, Chicago's iconic Italian Beef restaurant Buona will be giving away free, slow-roasted Italian beef sandwiches May 27-30, the restaurant says. In order to get the free sandwich, customers w...

The Italian Heritage Society of Indiana will be participating this year’s AES 500 Festival Parade! The parade starts promptly at noon on Saturday, May 28, the eve of the Indianapolis 500 race. More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Indianapolis, joined by another one million TV viewers around the country, to enjoy one of t...

The Chicago West Suburban Chapter of UNICO National will honor Ron Onesti as Humanitarian of the Year on June 10 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. As you can well imagine, wherever Onesti goes, an amazing show is sure to follow. Among the cavalcade of stars slated to perform that evening are Tony Ocean, Nick Pontarelli, Chicago’s Pianoman...

Wheaton attorney Jessica Defino has been elected president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, DuPage County Chapter. Joining her as officers are Vice President Amanda Zannoni, Second Vice President Kira Albrecht, Secretary Anthony DeLongis, Treasurer Gabby Antoniolli and Comptroller Elizabeth Pope. A member of the DuPage County Chapter since she...

Pizza, pasta, bombers…oh my!  With so many Italian restaurants around the Kenosha area, it can be a saucy decision to make when the pizza and pasta cravings hit.  Here’s a quick list to make lunch and dinner decisions a bit easier when you decide that Italian food is on the menu! Casa Capri – Since 1954, Casa Capri has been cranking out Italian spe...

I’m someone who loves to dine alone and have learned what kind of restaurants are best for that. Tenuta’s Italian Restaurant (at 2995 S. Clement Ave.) is one of them. I’ve been here many times now and every time I meet someone even friendlier than the last. This night I was not alone, but quickly made friends at the bar while I was waiting for my c...

From June 3-5, the Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison Festa Italia will return to McKee Farms Park, located at 2930 Chapel Valley Road in Fitchburg. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Italian heritage festival will once again be jam packed with food, music and family fun. Festivities kick off with a welcome at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June...

Cav Uff. Lyn Scolaro has been elected president of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. Scolaro takes the helm from Pat Pierce, who briefly succeeded founder and longtime president Joe Papa. “I want to thank Pat for doing such a great job of leading SADIA,” says Papa, who stepped down as president when he moved to Florida in January. “The or...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary come June 5. The event is scheduled for the 10 a.m. Mass, followed by a brunch and program in the community center, 1200 E. 21st St. Tickets are $25 per person, children ages 10 and under $12.50. Our Lady of Peace Parish consists of three churches — Our Lady of Mount Carm...

Last May 14, the President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, Ron Onesti, arrived in San Marino to express his concrete solidarity in favor of the reception of Ukrainian refugees that San Marino is offering. Dr. Maria Alessandra Albertini met with Onesti to express the deepest gratitude of San Marino's Secretary of State for Foreign...